We’ve discussed this before, the sustainability aspects of shopping second hand. A couple of months ago I’ve even written an in-dept article about “Endless second hand shopping bad?“. Long story short: we cannot consume endlessly from all over the world, even second hand (due to transport pollution). But the bottomline was the same: second hand is always better than new. You can find vintage in second hand online shops as well as in store. There is already so much out there!
Buying second hand means we’re not creating more demand and therefore we’re not creating a full new supply chain. We make use of what’s already there. We prevent those items from ending up in landfill.
Therefore I’ve decided to wrap up 4 of my favourite second hand online shops in this blog post.
1. Velvet Thunder Vintage
This online store based in The Netherlands sells unique pieces, with a big focus on classic coats and blazers. Here you can find vintage from the 60’s/70’s/80’s/90’s and 00’s but also pre-loved clothing in good condition. The items are hand-picked with love and from all over the world. Nynke opened her second hand store, after she found out the devastating effects of fast fashion, whilst traveling through Australia. With her statement “Save the earth and buy vintage” she hopes to inspire other to buy preloved as well. Second hand is fashionable and easy, Velvet Thunder Vintage will show you.
2. Viva! Vintage
This colourful and artistic store has everything to be that vintage diva you’ve always wanted to be. Second hand doesn’t have to be boring or dirty. Viva! Vintage has the perfect fresh outfits for you. Whether you like the 60s/70s or 80s and later, there will be something for you. Besides that the shop offers a very detailed description to every piece, so you’ll be able to find the perfect fabric and fit. This shop has a strong and powerful aesthetic, dare to be you and dare to wear whatever you want.
This second hand store sells their items exclusively on Instagram. It is based in the Czech Republic and ships everywhere in Europe. Natalia started her shop not that long ago, however, she has showed her success already. Komorebi focusses on luxury materials such as silk, wool and cashmere. These materials combined with the classic fits/items allows everyone to find their next second hand staple piece. You have to think of wool Max Mara sweaters, long cotton trenchcoats and cashmere cardigans.
I’ve written about FineThee before in my favourite Etsy shops blog, and I had to include them again. Mihaela, the founder of the store, sells unique vintage finds as well as handmade pieces. She really knows a lot about fabrics and what to look for in a garment. That’s why you’ll find only classic, yet and high quality pieces at FineThee. This store is based in Rumania, but ships worldwide. You can shop with them via Etsy.
What are your favourite second hand online shops to buy from?